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J Korean Soc Emerg Med > Volume 15(6); 2004 > Article
Journal of The Korean Society of Emergency Medicine 2004;15(6): 622-625.
Rhabdomyolysis after SCUBA Diving: A Case Report
Chan Woo Park, Taek Gun Ok, Jun Hwi Cho, Hee Young Lee, Seong Won Lee, Hae Hyeuk Chung, Sung Eun Kim, Ki Hoon Choi, Ji Hoon Bae, Jeong Yeul Seo, Jae Bong Chung, Hee Cheol Ahn, Moo Eob Ahn, Ki Cheol You
1Department of Emergency Medicine, College of Medicine, Kangwon National University, Chuncheon, Korea. cjhemd@kangwon.ac.kr
2Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, Kangwon National University, Chuncheon, Korea.
3Department of Emergency Medicine, Chuncheon Sacred Heart Hospital, Hallym University, Chuncheon, Korea.
Recently, self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (SCUBA) diving's popularity has been increasing tremendously. Most diving injuries are related to the behavior of the gas and to pressure changes during descent and ascent. A scuba diver at depths greater than 7 m may accumulate a tissue partial presure of nitrogen large enough that, on ascent to the surface, nitrogen exist the tissues rapidly, forming bubbles in the blood and other organs, which is known as decompression sickness (DCS). Although both of these bubble disorders can, in theory, cause injury to skeletal muscles (rhabdomyolysis), the case are report here demonstrates the potential for massive muscle necrosis after scuba diving. We report a case of rhabdomyolysis presented with general weakness after scuba diving.
Key words: Diving, Decompression sickness, Rhabdomyolysis, Acute renal failure
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